We stopped at Port Bannatyne for one night, and were looking for a place to dine that night. There didn't seem much choice here, but the sound of the Russian Tavern was inviting. We booked a table for that evening as it was Saturday, there was a group of us and the restaurant could be busy. Port Bannatyne is a quaint little village, and the pub is on the main street overlooking the bay - quite picturesque during the day.
So when we got to the pub just after 8pm, we were surprised that it was empty. We were quickly welcomed by the owner - he was very entertaining, almost a comedian- an interesting guy. He showed us to our table, and the menu. We were advised that all dishes were home made. The mushroom soup as a starter was absolutely delicious - could have mean a main course, it was very filling. Unfortunately it went downhill from there for me. I didn't think much of my vegetarian main dish - mixed vegetables all mashed up. My friends had russian goulash - said it was ok but won't rush to eat it again. We were all stuffed by our meal and had no room for dessert. I think our host was disappointed as apparently there was homemade chocolate cake. The other thing is that it is cheaper to buy the set menu (3 course) and that is what the owner had based our meal on - but it was not made clear at the outset. Anyway overall the meal was not overly priced. Whilst we were there, only one other person came in for a drink. We went away thinking a strange but interesting place - and we certainly will remember this place because of the owner.
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